Cory Blickenstaff PT, OCS

Cory owns and operates Forward Motion Physical Therapy (, which provides on the job site physical therapy clinics in the Vancouver, WA area utilizing various movement and manual therapy approaches to empower people toward an autonomous state of health as it relates to movement.   
Novel Movement and Edgework
Learn Exposure Approaches to Make Change that Matters
This 2 day course will cover pain science concepts and history in physical therapy, specific applications of novel movements and edge work, exposure based care in physical therapy, and fostering a consistent message and mode of communication across the entire treatment encounter.  
See the evidence to support implementation into your practice
Learn practical strategies to implement on Monday in clinic
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Course Description
Novel movements describe a process of altering the context and manner in which painful movements are performed in order to change the result from one of pain and limitation. Edgework describes a specific process of attending to movement during the interventions that are used in the clinic such that self-efficacy and expansion of movement are facilitated. In this 2 day workshop a framework for the interactive process of care will be presented with specific applications of current pain science and theory to the clinic. The approach of moving within specific novel contexts, allowing for new outputs to previously painful movements, will be presented as well as a specific process that can overlay existing models of care. Specific applications will be presented for the upper and lower quarter.
What are others saying?

Thomas Southee, BSc(hons)PT, DPT

Cory’s ability to breakdown and synthesize evidence is far better than anyone on any previous course I have attended. He is a super knowledgeable guy, very approachable, his information is evidence based and he delivers it all in a very engaging and thoughtful manner. The course provides instant take homes and a different way of viewing the patient/clinician interaction. I love to now look for ‘if’s’ and turn them into ‘when’s’ and I love to find ways to refute peoples negative expectations of previously threatening movements. It is certainly a course for helping one to promote self-efficacy and patient empowerment. I describe it as a ‘must attend’ course to all students passing through my clinic and colleagues.  

Bradley Jawl, BSc, MPT

This is perhaps the most informative weekend course I’ve ever taken.  Cory brings together an expansive scope of ideas, evidence, and information. Novel Movement and Edgework weaves together movement paradigms and manual therapy practices with concepts from exposure therapies, graded activity, behavioural experiments, inhibitory learning, and motivational interviewing. I came away with a remarkably cohesive framework to use these tools in an effective and patient centred way. 

Sarah Haag, PT, DPT

Edgework is a great, practical approach to applying pain science in the clinic. Getting people moving is such an important part of helping people get better, and Edgework is a wonderful way to do it!
Course Schedule
​Day 1

9am Application of Current Pain Science: a Bridge to the Clinic
In this section we’ll discuss current models and uses of pain science, define some terms that will set the stage for other portions of the class, and applying this information into a clinically useful framework.

10am Building the Interaction: Context Architecture
The 3 spaces of interaction will be introduced as will the role of context in our therapeutic interactions. We’ll also discuss practical approaches for establishing a therapeutic context.

11am Novel Movement: Concepts and Lab
Novel movement will be introduced as a concept for use in the clinic. Categories of novel movement will be introduced and then time will be spent practicing some specific examples of these concepts as a group.

1230-2 lunch

2pm Assessment: What are we Looking For?
Lecture and Lab: The role of assessment will be examined as a way to guide application of the interventions, set baselines, and continue building the therapeutic context. Time will be spent practicing assessment in this manner.

330pm Novel Movement: Practical Applications
Lecture and Lab: Discussion of focused use of novel movements based upon assessment findings will be discussed and then time will be spent practicing specific applications based upon common assessment findings of the upper and lower quarter.

Day 2

830 Q&A
9am: Building the Progression
The role of narrative in the presentation of the person in pain will be examined as will the impact of self efficacy and internal locus of control. We will discuss progressions in narrative as the patient improves and how to foster specific progression in narrative while connecting to movement.

10am: Finding the Edge: Edge Markers
Lecture and Lab: The concept of the “Edge” will be introduced as will the markers used in identifying it. We will practice 2 specific examples, one upper body and one lower body, of identifying the edge as a group.

11am: Edgework: Lower Quarter Applications
Lecture and Lab: The 3 categories of Edgework will be introduced and application to Lower quarter findings will be demonstrated and practiced as a group.

Lunch 1230-2

2pm: Edgework: Upper Quarter Applications
Lecture and Lab: Applications of Edgework to the upper quarter will be demonstrated and then practiced as a group.

330: Putting it all together
Lecture and Lab: A guideline for order to introduce both novel movement and Edgework into the clinical encounter will be discussed, demonstrated, and then practiced as a group. Using these concepts as a way to kinesthetically reinforce and teach about pain will be reviewed and summarized.


Course Objectives
By the end of the course you will be able to:

1.  Describe the foundation principles for the Edgework approach.
2.  Delineate screening tests from findings that indicate an opportunity for alteration of movement.
3.  Delineate a dysfunctional finding from a finding that indicates an
opportunity for change.
4.  Describe the concept of a “neurotag” in relation to a “novel movement.”
5.  Define the 3 categories of “Edgework.”
6.  Define interoception and its relation to identifying an “edge” of protective behavior.
7.  Justify fostering a narrative of self efficacy
8.  Describe the 3 conceptual spaces of interaction.
9.  Define and describe the “Edge markers.”
10.  Discuss the potential for negative influence on Self-Efficacy.
11.  Demonstrate specific examples of the use of Edgework for the upper and lower quarter.
12Practice specific applications of Edgework and Novel Movements for the upper and lower quarter.

What are others saying?

Sandy Hilton, PT, DPT, MS

Edgework is a course for any health and movement professional working to get people moving! Cory has packed the course with up to date information and great ideas to help people at all stages of progress.
Cory's course Edgework and Novel Movement gave me more license to help patients get moving again so they can attain their goals. I felt like I wasn't boxed in and having to find "the exercise" that would help restore their "function". Cory is knowledgable in the conceptual models that inform care paradigms and the physical application of those models. He's a fun guy to learn from as well.
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